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Still no evidence of rape, sexual assault during Jat stir: SIT report

punjab Updated: Feb 29, 2016 13:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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Property worth crores was destroyed suring the 10-day agitation by Jats to seek reservation benefits. (HT Photo)

The Haryana police still have no evidence of rape or sexual assault on woman during the 10-day violent agitation by the Jat community, the Punjab and Haryana high court has been told.

The remarks were part of the preliminary report submitted by the all-women special investigation team (SIT) of the police probing reports of alleged gang rape of women in Murthal area of Sonepat district.

The preliminary report said the team approached people in many areas, particularly Murthal, but nobody stated that there was any rape or molestation.

The report comes a day after the police filed the first FIR in the case, after a complaint by Delhi resident who alleged she was pulled out of her car and gang raped by seven men on February 23 near Murthal.

Read more: 7 booked after Delhi woman alleges gang-rape in Murthal during Jat stir

The woman’s brother-in-law is among the accused. Police officers said it was possible the incident was not linked to the alleged spate of rapes reported by a section of the media.

The high court directed the SIT to submit a detailed, complete report by March 14, the next date of hearing.

The preliminary report also said around 1,000 other FIRs were registered for violence that saw at least 28 people killed and scores injured.

It said the District legal Services Authority (DLSA) had set up call centres in every district to urge victims to lodge complaints.

Read more: QUOTA QUAKE: Tales of death and destruction from Haryana’s Jat stir